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Throughout the day,political parties wooed voters through door-to-door campaigning and rallies took place in ward 7 where by-elections are scheduled to take place on September 15. With just a few days left for the election,the political parties have their teams in place to campaign in different areas of the ward.
The day started with door-to-door campaigning. Teams have been made at the booth level that reach out to the residents to seek votes. While the candidates of the respective parties tour some areas,the remaining are managed by the teams of party workers. Instead of making any promises,the door-to-door campaign focuses more on making the partys presence felt by interacting with the voters. In the evening rallies were held where senior leaders of the party participated.
The by-elections are being held after the death of the BJP councillor Laxmi Devi. The party has fielded her daughter-in-law Bindu Rani. A sympathy wave is expected to be in her favour. Her father-in-law Mam Chand Rana,a former sarpanch of the village is campaigning for her.
Bindu Rani campaigned in Maloya village,Gwala Colony and Kumhar Colony. President of the party Sanjay Tandon sought votes for her stating that their candidate would ensure overall development of the area.
Congress candidate Poonam Sharma also went door-to-dofrom door to door,promising development of the ward if she was elected. The Congress is claiming that decisions taken for villages and colonies under its rule have proven to be beneficial. A rally was also held in the evening.
BSP held public meetings in different places where senior leaders of the party campaigned for the candidate Seema Yadav. Addressing the gathering,Yadav assured that she would ensure cleanliness of the ward and get work done that the previous councillors could not do.
BJP alleges violation of code of conduct,files 2 complaints
The BJP on Monday moved two complaints alleging violation of code of conduct. One of the complaints was against the Congress for using a religious place in Maloya for campaigning. The complaint stated that an election meeting was organized by the Congress in the premises of a mosque. It is further alleged that all leaders of the Congress were present,including Union Minister Pawan Bansal. Terming it a violation of model code of conduct,BJP demanded strict action. Balbir Singh,the Returning Officer,who is the secretary of the State Transport Authority,says that he has seen the video footage of the meeting at the mosque and the footage does not give any hint that it was an election meeting. Discussion was being held about some proposed demolition of the building. The revenue records have been asked for by the returning officer to verify the claims. Another complaint has been moved against a Chandigarh Police sub-inspector Satvir Singh and another official of the Enforcement Wing of the MC. The complaint states that the officials,without verifying the facts or checking whether the permissions have been granted or not for a rally that the party held on Sunday,forcefully tried to remove the sound system from the venue and used inappropriate language against the party and its leaders. The complainants have asked for the removal of these officials from poll duty.